Environment, poetry, comment, children's books,
I have been looking forward to featuring some of the wonderful contributors to Song Of Sahel, the anthology of poetry and art that I put together last year to help raise funds for the tragedy occurring in the Sahel region of Africa. This tragedy is by no means over. In fact, when my husband went there to help set up a refugee camp in Niger, he realised then that Al Qaeda were already moving into the region, taking advantage of the vulnerability of the country and its neighbouring, Mali.
It is not my intention to politicise here, just to raise awareness of the suffering of those who live in one of the harshest places on the planet.
It is my pleasure to feature two of the poets who made their contributions to my international call for contributors to this cause. The first is Erik. Erik is now eleven years old and writes a poignant poem from the perspective of one kid to another. His poem was illustrated by his little sister, Josie.
By Erik W., Age 10
That’s what I am.
What can I do?
The problem is so BIG,
And I feel so small.
I could write a poem.
That poem will be read by at least
Seven people, who now know.
Those seven people will tell their friends.
Doctors, Lawyers, Politicians.
Ordinary people who care.
They tell their friends.
Soon the news is spreading.
Help comes really soon to the people,
A world away from me.
Crops are planted, water is fresh.
A child may be able to have the things
Every child should have.
I begin to realize, there is a chance
I can help, at least,
Erik (Aged 12), USA: http://thiskidreviewsbooks.com/
Dr A.V. Koshy
I cannot imagine the lives of the dispossessed
those of the mothers or of the children
i cannot imagine poverty
though i come from a third world country
i cannot imagine war and wounds
or tears and fleeing
and refugee camps
starvation and dis-ease
and no education or picture books or net
or films or libraries or parks or money in piggy-banks
to be given to kids to buy sweets as pocket money
i cannot imagine that i am ok
and they are not ok but suffering
and my heart goes out to them
my heart goes out to them
it bleeds and weeps
and i tell no one
Thank you to both of these wonderful contributors. It really is a wonderful anthology. Proceeds from the sales of this book go to: SOS Sahel who do amazing work in the Sahelian region. You can download the Kindle Here